In the recovery room, YusnelisÁlvarezArévalo rests and now she plans new life projects.
The days connected to a hemodialysis machine are left behind for the 29-year-old from the municipality of BartoloméMasó, who is grateful for her father, Enrique Álvarez Tejeda.
Both evolve favorably after performing the first kidney transplant from a living donor, in 2019 in the country.
The success of the complex surgery certifies the professionalism and experience of the multidisciplinary team of the LucíaÍñiguez Hospital, in Holguínprovince, which has carried out 27 surgical interventions of this type since 2013.
The price of the operation fluctuates internationally between 30 and 50 thousand dollars, not including the cost of care and immunosuppressive therapies. But the history in Cuba is another, where all the resources for proceeding are guaranteed free of charge, which stands out for its multiple advantages over that of cadaverous donor.
"When the organ is extracted from a living person, the chances of success are greater because the operation can be planned with better time and care, the degree of compatibility is optimal, so the chances of rejection are reduced, thereforethere is greater survival of the receiver and renal function recovers faster, "said Dr. Roberto Cruz Mayo, Head of the Service in the territory.
The Holguín center of transplants has favored more than 700 patients from the provinces of Las Tunas, Granma and Holguín. It distinguishes among the nine of its kind in the country by the number of implants performed each year, the high rate of organ survival and the low rejection rate, similar to that of developed nations.
This is well-known by Enrique, who thanks to the Cuban Health System can now have a normal life with a single kidney, at the same time he feels hopeful towards his daughter Yusnelis, who suffered from chronic kidney failure.